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24 June 2008
How voluntary is social responsibility? 
Chinyere Okoye comments on corporate social responsibility (CSR) experts' claim that private sector should strengthen their CSR programme, beyond public relations, in Nigeria.    Visit site

More about: Nigeria  Private sector
09 June 2008
Most health care volunteers in Canada are women. Here's why by Hugh Anderson
Why are almost all Canadian volunteers working with seniors women, as are roughly three-quarters of all health care volunteers? That's easy, you may say. It's because women are conditioned socially to take on such roles. According to Susan Pinker, author of 'The Sexual Paradox', it has more to do with biochemical drivers than society's expectations.  Read article

More about: Canada  Infrastructure  Research
05 June 2008
UK jobseekers on benefits 'should be able to volunteer' by Vibeka Mair
In the UK, volunteering should be recognised as a legitimate job-seeking activity for young adults on Jobseeker’s Allowance, according to a cross-party inquiry focusing on volunteers between the ages of 18 and 24. The Morgan Inquiry recommended setting up an accredited volunteering scheme that matched unemployed young adults with skill-enhancing volunteering.  Visit site
25 May 2008
Obama reminds grads what they can do for country by Alec MacGillis
Middletown, Connecticut, USA: In a speech referencing John F. Kennedy's ideas on the US Peace Corps, presidential hopeful Barack Obama stressed the importance of volunteering. He received big applause by saying he would offer all college students a $4,000 tax credit to help pay for college - but only if they commit to public service, such as the Peace Corps or teaching in an inner-city school or working in a homeless shelter.   Visit site

From: The Washington Post
More about: Advocacy
19 May 2008
Heroes as volunteers 
Beijing, China: A newspaper editorial from China highlights the vital contribution of volunteerism in earthquake relief efforts. "They sometimes might appear less than organized. There even were pleas once for them to refrain from entering disaster zones on their own so that professional relief workers had their way. But we cannot afford to imagine what things would have been like were it not for the compassionate involvement of the now-omnipresent volunteers..."  Visit site

From: China Daily, China

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